Undergraduate study


Sports Technology

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich HC76 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time CH67 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021


2013 Queen's Anniversary Prize

for high value manufacturing


employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015


for Mechanical Engineering


average starting salary

Sports Technology course overview

Loughborough University has an outstanding reputation for Sports Science and Engineering and has developed a synergy of disciplines required to deliver a course in Sports Technology in our dedicated Sports Technology Institute.

The BSc and BSc (DIS) degree courses are intended for students wishing to pursue a career in the expanding sports-related industry sector. The courses are broad based and cover Sports Science, Design, Technology, and Engineering Science.

Major themes focus on sports equipment and facilities, the design of sports equipment, the use of materials in equipment design, methods of manufacture, the role of computer aided design, ergonomic aspects in sports equipment design, biomechanics, sports physiology, evaluation and testing of sports equipment and business studies for the sports industry.

The courses offer module choices in the third academic year. Modules are supported by project work, tutorials and computer workshops. The first two years of the course provide you with sports equipment design and technology studies, combined with a foundation of technology theory and practice.

Our Second Year Group Design Project

Follow our students as they undertake their second year group design project. The project brief, supported by UK Athletics in response to a real problem (lack of access to firearms), was to develop a proof-of-principle non-firearm based race starting system for the grass-roots up.


The Department is well-equipped for the study of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry with a range of specialist equipment including 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, and ion-mobility spectrometers.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.


Years 1 and 2

  • Biomechanics of Sport
  • Fitness and Training
  • Manufacturing Design
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Measurement Principles
  • Methods of Analysis in Sports Biomechanics
  • Product Design (Ergonomics and Visualisation)
  • Sports Goods Design, Manufacture and Test
  • Sports Technology and Materials
  • Structural Kinesiology

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

In the final academic year the courses are structured around an individual project and a core of the Sports Equipment Industry and Product Design modules, together with a selection of additional optional subjects.

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Management
  • Individual Project
  • Sports Equipment Industry
  • Sports Surfaces, Footwear and Garments

Optional subjects

The following example optional subjects support the BSc course:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes 
  • Advanced Methods of Analysis in Sports Biomechanics 
  • Polymers 
  • Healthcare Engineering 
  • Management of the Human Resource 
  • Manufacturing for the Environment 
  • Mechanics of Sports Techniques
  • New Product Design
  • Product Innovation Management 
  • Project Management 
  • Science and Elite Performance in Sport
  • Sports Equipment Industry

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, practical work, seminars and extensive project work. The emphasis is placed on increasing your independence and encouraging you to develop your study skills while taking part in group activities.

Lecture based modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and formal examinations taken at the end of each semester. Project module assessments require written reports and technical presentations, preparing you for your subsequent career.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

HC76 Sports Technology - BSc (Hons) DIS

34 (6,5,5 HL) with 5 at SL Mathematics
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics.
Relevant subjects include All Engineering variants
GCSE Grade A/7 or AS level Grade C in Mathematics

CH67 Sports Technology - BSc (Hons)

34 (6,5,5 HL) with 5 at SL Mathematics
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include All Engineering variants
GCSE Grade A/7 or AS level Grade C in Mathematics


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is required.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £20,500

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Sponsorships and scholarships

All of our courses have an established reputation with employers in industry. Companies, therefore, target the School with sandwich year opportunities and a number of companies offer sponsorship, for which there is intense competition. Students seeking sponsorship are urged to consult publications such as CRAC and Engineering Opportunities.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include: Adidas, Decathlon, Hawk-Eye Innovations, International Tennis Federation, Jaguar Land Rover, Lacoste, New Balance and Ping.

Industrial training and placements

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record).
If you choose to follow a BSc sandwich course, you will complete a full year of assessed industrial training between years 2 and 3 of your academic studies, leading to the additional award of Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS). For the award of a Diploma in Industrial you need to complete a minimum of 45 weeks work in a company.
We are notified of vacancies and opportunities throughout the academic year, and we provide support and help for you to gain a suitable placement.

Our students



Sports Technology


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


BSc (Hons)

Year of Study


Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: HC76

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: CH67